My fellow Americans,
This is a season of great hope.
This week, Jewish families across our country and around the world, celebrate Passover and retell the story of God's deliverance of the Jewish people. The story of the Exodus1 is a story of freedom. It is the story of an incredible people who were liberated2 from oppression and raised up the face of humankind.
Down through the centuries, the Jewish People have lived through one persecution3 after another – and yet, they persevered4 and thrived and uplifted the world beyond measure. And now, the State of Israel stands as a monument to their faith and endurance.
Another day of faith and celebration is also upon us.
This Easter Sunday, Christians5 celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the promise of eternal salvation7. It is a holy day of reverence8 and worship; it is a sacred time that fills the spirit of our Nation with the faith of our people.
America is a Nation of believers.
As families gather in houses of worship across the Nation, we are grateful for the tremendous blessings9 of this land, our home. We have a beautiful country, an abundant countryside, and an amazing people with a truly bright and wonderful future.
From the beginning, America has been a place that has cherished the freedom of worship. That is the promise the first settlers saw in our vast continent - and it is the promise that our bravest warriors10 have protected for all of our citizens in centuries since a long time ago.
Sadly, many around the globe do not enjoy this freedom - and one of the gravest threats to religious freedom remains11 the threat of terror.
On Palm Sunday, as Christians around the world celebrate the beginning of Holy Week, ISIS murdered at least 45 people and injured over 100 others at two Christian6 churches in Egypt.
We condemn12 this barbaric attack. We mourn for those who lost loved ones. And we pray for the strength and wisdom to achieve a better tomorrow – one where good people of all faiths, Christians and Muslims and Jewish and Hindu, can follow their hearts and worship according to their conscience.
With God's grace, life always triumphs over death, freedom overcomes oppression, and faith extinguishes fear. This is the source of our hope – and our confidence in the future.
I also want to give a special message to those struggling Americans who have felt for too long the bitter taste of hardship. I want you to know: this White House is fighting for you. We are fighting for every American who has been left behind. We are fighting for the right of all citizens to enjoy safety and peace - and to work and live with the dignity that all Children of God are entitled to know.
As long as we have faith in each other, and trust in God, we will succeed.
Thank you. Have a Happy Easter, a Happy Passover. God bless you. And God bless America.
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